Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Kennedy Rising


There is a controversy brewing up about what "causes" autism. Leave it to one of the Kennedys to be smack dab in the middle.
On an interview with Joe Scarborough, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., came on to discuss the idea that thimerasol, a preservative for vaccines, was directly responsible for causing autism in achild who did not previously show any signs.
I've seen the transcript. Joe concluded that it would only be a matter of time before it is proven to have caused autism.
Thank you very much, Mr. Scarborough.
As a parent whose child has Asperger's Syndrome, you should have known better.
Forget the fact that the vaccine prevents children from catching potentially fatal diseases . If you had done some basic homework, you would see that thimerasol has been all but elimnated from the vaccine in question.
Want a "cause"? Okay. Try genetics. If there is one thing I have learned as an adult with AS, it is this: children with AS are fairly likely to have a parent with AS. Not always, but it has shown more often than not to be the case. And boys are diagnosed with AS more than girls.
Oh yeah, you have a daughter. No wonder you are grasping at anything which could turn your daughter away from being autistic. Did you know Bill Gates has AS, or that Steven Spielberg does? If the diagnosis had been around, Michealangelo, Jane Austen, and Albert Einstein would have had AS too.

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